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Figure in Movement
Francis Bacon, 1972
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Date: 29th January

Heartbeat of the South: Flamenco, its history, its rhythms

Antonio Guerra
We would like to seduce you, to entice you into the world of Flamenco. Maybe you have often seen flamenco performances but still wonder - where does this music come from, what are its origins? What is Flamenco? Interlacing the performance of a singer, a guitar player and a dancer, the narrator will give us a glimpse into this wonderful passionate world of Flamenco which was added to the list of ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO in 2010.

Andalusia in southern Spain is the heartland of Flamenco. It is an artistic expression fusing song (cante), dance (baile) and musicianship (toque). ‘Cante’ is performed by a seated solo singer. The gamut of feelings and states of mind – grief, joy, tragedy, rejoicing and fear – can be expressed through sincere and expressive lyrics. Flamenco ‘baile’ is a dance of passion, of courtship, expressing a wide range of emotions from sadness to joy. ‘Toque’, the art of guitar playing has long surpassed its original role as an accompaniment. Hand clapping and foot stamping are also employed.

There are more than 50 different rhythms. We will be looking at a few of them in detail. Happy rhythms, like Alegría and Bulería and sad ones like Soleá or Seguirilla; simple ones with a 4 beat like the Tango (the Flamenco Tango, not the Argentinian one!) or the most complicated ones with a 12 beat like the Bulería; rhythms from Cádiz and Jerez, the very heart of the Flamenco, but also others that have been influenced by other cultures like the Fado and Cuban music.

Come and let yourself be seduced into this very passionate world of Flamenco!

Dancer: Antonio Guerra
Singer: Rosa Linaro
Guitar: Ruben Portillo
Narrator: Helen Sijsling

click to watch an excerpt from Antonio's concert in April 2018

Cultural Centre, calle Granada, Nerja at 6.00 pm
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